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Venus and Adonis

around 1595/97, Artist: Bartholomäus Spranger

 

 

Venus and Adonis

Venus loves the handsome shepherd and hunter Adonis. Full of foreboding, she tries in vain to hold the loved one back from the hunt; later he will be killed by a wild boar. The hunting dog in the foreground is his symbol, while Cupid and the pair of doves accompany Venus. The richly shaded colouring, above all the silkily shimmering skin, show the influence of Hans von Aachen who had finally arrived at the Prague Court in 1596.

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kabinett 22

Object data

Object Name

Painting

Culture

Netherlandish

Dated

around 1595/97

Artist

Bartholomäus Spranger (1546 Antwerpen - 1611 Prag) - GND

Material

Canvas

Dimensions

163 cm × 104,3 cm
Framed (gallery frame): 178 cm × 120 cm × 6,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 2526

Provenance

From the treasury of Rudolf II.

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